Newman High School “Redskins”

Newman Township High School – Built in 1913
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Newman, Illinois
“Township High School”
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Newman HS Building – Click to Enlarge
Newman School Bell – Class of 1914 (At Newman GS)
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The History of Newman High School

Newman (population 956) is located in eastern Illinois in northeastern Douglas County.  Newman is about 25 miles southeast (as the crow flies) of Urbana on U.S. Route 36. The Brushy Fork River runs through Newman as does a line of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

The history of the town of Newman and its educational system is in need of further research.  It is probable that Newman started a school system in the late 1800s.  It is a fact that sports were offered at the school since at least 1913.  That is the first year the record of the Newman football team is listed on the IHSA web site (www.ihsa.org). One of the more long-standing faculty members of the school was a Principal named J.H. Trinkle who served the school from 1911 to 1948! In fact, the Newman High School football field was named after him, Trinkle Field. (Thank you to Becki Swanter Heusel)

Newman High School existed through the 1993-94 school year. The Newman school system was annexed to the Hume-Shiloh School District (6 miles to the east) in 1994.

The Newman High School building stood on the north side of town, a reminder of the town’s historic past for several years.  After sitting idle since its closing, the school began to fall into a state of disrepair.  It was decided the cost of fixing the structure was not feasible.  In November and December of 2006 the once grand Newman High School building was demolished.  Let us hope the memories of this school live on for eternity.

Newman High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                 late 1800s / early 1900s

Year closed:                  1994

Consolidated to:             Hume Shiloh School District

School nickname:          the “Redskins”

School colors:               Red & White

School Fight Song:        “Newman Loyalty”

                                                University of Illinois Fight Song Tune

We’re loyal to you, Newman High.

We’re Red and we’re White, Newman High

We’ll back you to stand,

“Gainst the best in the land,

For we know you have sand, Newman High!

Rah Rah!

So crack out that ball, Newman High

We’re backing you all, Newman High

Our team is our fame protector,

On boys, for we expect a

Victory from you Newman High!    

Newman HS “New Addition”
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Newman High School Rear View – Gymnasium
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Newman HS Gym Entrance
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Redskin Mascot

Athletics

Newman High School’s Redskins had many successful seasons in several sports over the years.  As stated above, the most extensive listing for the school is under the sport of football.   Records are available for NHS from 1913 through 1992 in football.  There were also titles won in the sports of boys track, girls track, baseball and boys basketball.  It is believed the school offered girls basketball and is a fact the girls competed in volleyball.  The Redskins were known for their competitive nature.  Their best seasons are listed below.

Boys Basketball

The Newman High School Redskins had some real nice boys basketball success during their existence. Sadly the records of the IHSA title winners are not listed.  The best season as far as post season success occurred in the 1955-56 season.  That year the Redskins won both their District and Regional to reach the round of the final 64!  The team’s record and coach’s name are not available.  The ‘Skins did have two great seasons toward the end of their time in 1989 and 1990.  These two seasons saw back to back victory totals of 22 wins.  We are very interested in the records of the other teams listed and even of those that might not be listed.  If you have this information please forward it to us via e-mail. Several scores from basketball involving the Newman Redskins were located on a website titled “Illinois Postseason Basketball Scores.” These scores are listed below as well.

1921-22                   Decatur District Tournament            Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Bement 20-14

                                2nd Rd lost to Clinton 30-5

Clinton lost to Atwood in semi-final

Atwood won District, finished 2nd in IHSA Tourney!

1932-33                   Tuscola District Tournament            Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Hindboro 23-17

Lost in 2nd Rd

1933-34                   Tuscola District Tournament            Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Arthur 27-19

2nd Rd lost to Brocton 38-9

Brocton lost to Longview in title game

1934-35                   Tuscola District Tournament            Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Hume 30-8

2nd Rd lost to Tuscola 30-18

Tuscola lost to Villa Grove in title game

1935-36                   Paris District Tournament                Coach’s name & record needed

Semi-final Rd lost to Hume 27-22

Hume lost title game to Rardin

1936-37  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1937-38  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1938-39  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1939-40  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1940-41  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1941-42                   Charleston Regional Tournament   Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Charleston 49-31

Charleston lost to Paris in title game

Paris placed 2nd in State Tournament

1942-43                   Casey Regional Tournament          Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Paris 61-18

Paris beat Charleston in title game

Paris won IHSA State Championship

1943-44  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1944-45                   Ashmore District Champions      Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Brocton 46-44

                                Semi-final Beat Redmon 31-20

                                Title Game Beat Oakland 34-24

                                Paris Regional Tournament

1st Rd lost to Kansas 42-38

Kansas lost to Martinsville in semi-final

1945-46                   Casey Regional Tournament          Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Casey 40-29

Casey lost to Paris in title game

1946-47                   Paris Regional Tournament            Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Paris 46-34

Paris beat Kansas in title game

Paris won IHSA State Championship

1947-48                   Casey Regional Tournament          Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Paris 50-39

Paris beat Casey in title game

1948-49                   Brocton District Tournament           Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Redmon 37-31

Redmon beat Chrisman in title game

  

1949-50                   Newman District Champions       Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Redmon 46-34

                                Semi-final Beat Longview 52-36

                                Title Game Beat Chrisman 47-43

                                Paris Regional Tournament

                                1st Rd Beat Charleston 39-28

                                Semi-final lost to Casey 62-55

Paris beat Casey in title game

Paris lost in Elite 8 Round

  

1950-51                   Chrisman District Runner-Up      Coach’s name & record needed

Semi-final Beat Redmon 54-27

                                Title Game lost to Kansas 66-56

1951-52                   Newman District Tournament         Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Westfield 58-47

Semi-final lost to Chrisman 56-53

Chrisman lost to Kansas in title game

1952-53                   Kansas District Runner-Up          Coach’s name & record needed

Semi-final Beat Longview 73-63

                                Title Game lost to Kansas 69-62

1953-54                   Chrisman District Runner-Up      Coach’s name & record needed

Title Game lost to Chrisman 80-45

1954-55                   Casey Regional Tournament          Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Kansas 56-51

Paris beat Charleston in title game

Paris lost in Sweet 16 Round

    

1955-56                   Westfield District Champions      Coach’s name & record needed

 Semi-final Beat Kansas 71-58

                                Title Game Beat Westfield 62-54

                                Paris Regional Champions!!

   1st Rd Beat Casey 82-73

                                Semi-final Beat Paris 55-52

                                Title Game Beat Broadlands ABL 59-54

                                Champaign Sectional Runner-Up!

                                Semi-final Beat Champaign 87-66

                                Title Game lost to Rantoul 67-65

RANTOUL (67): Lathrop 23, Moran 14, Zachary 12, Taylor 9, McGreal 9.

NEWMAN (65): Edmondson 23, Kincaid 12, Morrow 10, Sollers 8, Welliver 7, Stutz 5.

Rantoul beat Taylorville in Sweet 16

Rantoul lost to Chicago Dunbar in Elite 8

Dunbar placed 3rd in State Tourney

1956-57                   Newman District Champions       Coach’s name & record needed

Title Game Beat Westfield 78-72

                                Casey Regional Tournament

                                1st Rd lost to Casey 76-61

Casey lost to Charleston in semi-final

1957-58                   Broadlands District Champions  Coach’s name & record needed

Semi-final Beat Brocton 63-47

                                Title Game Beat ABL 58-56

                                Paris Regional Tournament

                                1st Rd lost to Kansas 73-67

Kansas lost to Charleston in semi-final

Charleston lost to Paris in title game

1958-59                   Marshall Regional Tournament       Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Paris 69-48

Paris lost to Charleston in semi-final

1959-60                   Casey Regional Tournament          Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Oakland 63-56

Oakland lost to Casey in semi-final

 

1960-61                    Paris Regional Runner-Up          Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Oakland 66-62 (O/T)

                                 Semi-final Beat Casey 90-65

                                 Title Game lost to Charleston 58-43

1961-62                    Marshall Regional Runner-Up    Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Metcalf Young America 79-55

                                 Semi-final Beat Charleston 48-41

                                 Title Game lost to Paris 77-74

1962-63                   Casey Regional Tournament          Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Ridge Farm 65-64

                                Semi-final lost to Paris 47-39

Paris beat Casey in title game

1963-64                   Paris Regional Tournament            Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Paris 60-56

Paris beat Marshall in title game

1964-65                   Marshall Regional Tournament       Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Brocton-Redmon 63-45

Brocton-Redmon lost to Charleston in title game

1965-66                   Marshall Regional Tournament       Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Martinsville 83-58

                                Semi-final lost to Paris 52-43

Paris lost to Charleston in title game

1966-67                   Casey Regional Tournament          Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Martinsville 45-44

Martinsville lost to Paris in semi-final

1967-68                   Paris Regional Tournament            Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to Charleston 47-40

Charleston beat Paris in title game

1968-69                   Chrisman District Tournament        Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Scottland

Semi-final lost to Chrisman 70-34

Chrisman beat Kansas in title game

1969-70                   Chrisman District Tournament        Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Scottland 71-63

Semi-final lost to Chrisman 85-68

Chrisman beat Kansas in title game

1970-71                   Chrisman District Tournament        Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd Beat Kansas 67-22

Semi-final lost to Chrisman 93-62

Chrisman beat Scottland in title game

1971-72                   Broadlands Class ‘A’ Regional        Coach’s name & record needed

1st Rd lost to ABL 59-48

ABL lost to Homer in semi-final

Homer lost to St. Joe-Ogden in title game

1972-73 through 1986-87   Postseason scores, records, and coaches’ names needed

1987-88    15 – 11    Postseason scores needed             Coach Brad Hatfill

1988-89    22 – 2      Postseason scores needed             Coach Brad Hatfill

1989-90    24 – 4      Postseason scores needed             Coach Brad Hatfill

 

1990-91  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1991-92  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1992-93  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

1993-94  Postseason scores, record, and coach’s name needed.

(Final season as Newman High School)

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High School in Background

Football

As stated above, the Newman High School Redskins have a very extensive record of their football seasons dating back to 1913 on the IHSA web site.  The Redskins made the IHSA Class 1A playoffs on three occasions.  The team of 1975-76 made it to the second round (Elite 8!) of the playoffs.  The best of the Newman HS football seasons are listed below.

1913-14      11 – 0          Undefeated Season!!              Coach Harrison McCown

1954-55        6 – 3                                                            Coach Tony Innis

1955-56        5 – 3                                                            Coach Tony Innis

1956-57        6 – 2 – 1                                                       Coach Don Vandersnick

1960-61        7 – 1 – 1                                                       Coach Jack Hall

1961-62        6 – 1 – 2                                                       Coach Jack Hall

1962-63        6 – 3                                                            Coach Ray Adams

1969-70        5 – 1 – 2                                                       Coach Dick Hood

1970-71        5 – 2 – 1                                                       Coach Dick Hood

1973-74        6 – 3                                                            Coach Bill Crum

    

1975-76        9 – 2    IHSA Class 1A Elite 8 Qualifier    Coach Bill Crum

                                1st Rd Beat Fithian Oakwood 26-0

                                2nd Rd lost to Carterville 20-6

Carterville lost to Concord Triopia in Semi-final

Triopia won IHSA State Tournament

   

1976-77        7 – 3    IHSA Class 1A Qualifier                 Coach Bill Crum

                                1st Rd lost to Caitlin 24-12

Caitlin lost to Argenta-Oreana in 2nd Rd

1981-82        8 – 1    IHSA Class 1A Qualifier                 Coach Terry Reed

                                Undefeated Regular Season!

                                1st Rd lost to Arcola 43-7

Arcola lost in 2nd Rd

   

1983-84        6 – 2                                                              Coach Terry Reed

Boys Baseball

The boys baseball team of Newman High also won some IHSA hardware.  Three consecutive seasons had some definitive success for the Redskin hardballers.  The seasons of 1987 – 89 brought home winning records and, most importantly, two Regional titles.  These seasons are listed below.

1986-87                 Regional Champions

1987-88   14 – 7     Nice Record                     Coach Brad Hatfill

1988-89   12 – 5     Regional Champions      Coach Brad Hatfill

Boys Track

Four Newman Redskin boys brought home a total of 6 medals from the State Track Meet. In addition the boys team of 1938-39 won the District Meet for their area. The excellent accomplishments are listed below.

1906-07   J. Hance                880 Yard Run            3rd Place

               J. Hance               1 Mile Run                3rd Place

1907-08   J. Hance                1 Mile Run                3rd Place

1930-31   Hollowell               Pole Vault                5th Place

1931-32   Long                      Pole Vault                4th Place

1938-39   Team Won the District Championship 

1985-86   Mike Underwood   100 Meter Dash         4th Place

Girls Track

The Newman Lady Redskins also also had great success on the oval track.  In fact, the Lady Redskins of 1987-88 finished 8th in the Class A State Track Meet.  This was accomplished behind Tiffany Fry’s State Championship performance in the Shot Put and Shelly Minnott’s State Championship in the High Jump.  Tiffinay Fry actually accomplished a rare feat in Illinois track & field history.  Tiffany medaled in her event, the Shot Put, all four years of high school!!  The medal-winning performances of the Newman Lady Tracksters are listed below.

1983-84    Jodi Alexander    High Jump    8th Place

1984-85    Tiffany Fry            Shot Put       5th Place

1985-86    Tiffany Fry            Shot Put       6th Place

1986-87    Tiffany Fry            Shot Put       4th Place

                Shelly Minnott      High Jump   3rd Place

1987-88    Team Finished 8th Overall at the State Meet!!

                Individual Medalists

                Tiffany Fry           Shot Put        State Champion!

                Shelly Minnott     High Jump     State Champion!

                Final Team Standings

                1.)  Maple Park Kaneland         41

2.)  Chicago Luther South         36

3.)  Carlinville                           28

3.)  Stanford Olympia               28

5.)  Georgetown Ridge Farm     25

6.)  Toulon                               24

6.)  Madison                            24

                8.)  NEWMAN HIGH SCHOOL  20

                8.)  Genoa-Kingston                 20

10.) Gardner-South Wilmington  18

Newman High School
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Side Angle View

Girls Volleyball

Volleyball is the only other sport listed on the IHSA web site for the Lady Redskins.  Only three seasons are listed with no mention of winning IHSA hardware.  The best of the three seasons is listed below.

1987-88  15 – 16     Coach Deb Darby

Memories

From Wendy Carmien, Class of 1989:

“We had our very own Chief Redskin perform at halftime of varsity games, much like Chief Illiniwek performs at the Illini games.  Steve Underwood portrayed Chief Redskin during most of the ’80s. We had a blast when our basketball team won those 22 games in ’89; that is one of my best HS memories.  We beat arch rival Chrisman to win the conference championship and everyone in the gym started chanting EOC EOC (East Okaw Conference.)  I am a second generation Newman Grad, my mom was class of ’64.  Thanks for the great website and trip down memory lane!”

**From Linda Driskill:

“My mother, Marcella Harris, taught & served the Newman school system beginning in 1938 thru 2000. Initially, she was hired as the music teacher at both the grade school, as well as the high school. She taught the vocal as well as the instrumental music and led the marching band during football season. Because she went to NHS as a 21 year old first year teacher, by the time she retired, she’d taught 2 & 3 generations of students from the same family. In 1943, she married the Walnut Point country school teacher & a year later, moved to Sidell & taught music at  Metcalf High School until 1950. At that time, she took a hiatus from full-time teaching & became a full-time wife & mother until the 1960 school year, when she returned as the high school math teacher at NHS. As a junior class sponsor, she spent every fall Friday night at the concession stand, which was completely remodled under her direction in the mid 1960’s. During the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s, Newman citizens LIVED for Redskins football. Celana & Marta Morrow were the “Chief Redskin” (pattered After the fabled & well-documented “Chief Illiwek” at the U of I), throughout their years at NHS. I am unsure who immediately followed Marta but in the mid-60’s, Anna & Paula House, another pair of sisters, began their tenure as Chief Redskin. Linda Catron became the Chief Redskin & served thru her graduation in 1969.”

Need Some Assistance

More information is needed to make the Newman High School Redskins’ page a more interesting and informative page.  A photo of the school, the school fight song, girls and boys basketball and baseball / softball records are all needed.  If you have this information and ANY other information regarding the town of Newman and its former High School you can e-mail us at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net.  You can also write to us at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva St.

Chicago, Il.   60631


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